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7 Crops to Kick Off Your Spring Garden

Most of us gardeners eagerly anticipate getting our hands in the dirt after a long winter indoors. To get a jump on the spring growing season requires a bit of planning, as well as knowledge of cold-tolerant vegetables and season extension techniques.A key is to prepare the soil in the fall, so you can begin planting seeds in the spring as soon as the soil has completely thawed and warmed to the seed variety’s minimum temperature for germination.
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Don’t Get Sick From Your Homegrown Eggs

PHOTO: Sooz/FlickrEggs are the ultimate food in many ways. They come in their own protective shell; they can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner; and they are one of the key and healthy ingredients to many dishes, including desserts. In addition, they’ve historically served as an inexpensive source of high-quality protein, containing all of the essential amino acids required by humans as part of a balanced diet.
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5 Steps to Winterizing a Backyard Pond

Home /Farm Management /5 Steps to Winterizing a Backyard PondPHOTO: Jessica WalliserIf you have a small landscape pond or water feature on your farm, now is the time to take a few steps to see it safely through the winter. Winterizing a backyard pond isn’t a difficult task, but it is an essential one to ensure your water feature has a long lifespan and that any fish or plants you have in it survive winter’s cold temperatures.
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You Should Use Graph Paper When Planning Your Orchard

PHOTO: Daniel JohnsonAre you planning to start a small fruit tree orchard this year? Planting fruit trees is a rewarding experience, but choosing the best location for each tree can be tricky.One way to tackle the task of planning is to outline your orchard on graph paper before you dig a single hole.
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Build A Flock That Will Put Every Egg Color In Your Carton

PHOTO: Stephanie Frey/ShutterstockFor new farmers, chickens are the ultimate gateway animal. Once you’ve added one or two chickens to your hobby farm, you suddenly realize an entire world has opened up to you.Will you keep it easy, choosing one or two breeds that lay eggs perfect for breakfast? Or, like countless others before you, will you head down the rabbit hole in search of eggs that make up the perfect rainbow dozen?
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DIY Mini Ironing Board

Home /Homesteading /DIY Mini Ironing BoardYou’ll find this mini ironing board is such a useful tool to have in the home. It’s a must-have for the sewer or quilter, where the constant need to press fabric while working on a project is essential. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve whipped out my mini ironing board from the cupboard to give an urgently required child’s T-shirt or pair of shorts a quick rub over before they run out of the door.
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